25 May


Dutch night aboard the Prinses Christina photo IMG_1005_zps921f7c6a.jpg

Having returned from a cruise along the rivers Rhine and Moselle in Germany I thought I’d share with the few friends that remain on Gather some of the photographs I took. Call it a travelogue, if you like. We sailed on a 100 berth river cruiser, The Prinses Christina, and this vessel has the friendliest and most helpful crew you will find anywhere. Built in 1969, it is comfortable without being ostentatious. It isn’t what you would call an old vessel, though, because it has obviously been modiefied and updated over the years. The cabins are small, with barely enough room for two passengers and the obligatory cat, which needs swinging! But who needs a spacious cabin when there is a sun-deck and so many things to be seen? And a bar bill to fertilise!

Here’s an interesting point. On the last night we were entertained by a talented and highly amusing German entertainer, and he managed to impress me with his up-beat version of the Dambusters March. I mean – a ship moored in German waters in Cologne with a German artiste and a piece of music about the destruction of German dams in the second world war!!! But I guess that it’s a token, one to do with setting the past to bed (without forgetting the lessons it might teach us) and celebrating cooperation and friendship in the future.

Anyway, here are my pictures, views of the Rhine valley taken from the sundeck of the Prinses Chistina.

The entertainment: brilliant photo IMG_1096_zps9d41af9c.jpg

For starters, the entertainer aboard ship for the last evening.

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I’m the old cove on the right with his arms round my wife, and, on the left, our friend Mavis.

Seen from the sun deck of the Prinses Christina photo IMG_1061_zpsc4f38a5a.jpg

One of the many fortifications that history has lined the Rhine with. Tales of robber barons and their defenses abound. I won’t even attempt to identify any of them because although we were told their names I have forgotten which was which. There were quite a lot and they are all best remembered as being a romantic historic part of the Rhineland.

Seen from the sun deck of the Prinses Christina photo IMG_1082_zps06382a68.jpg

Another view from the sundeck.

Seen from the sun deck of the Prinses Christina photo IMG_1058_zps871fcfcd.jpg

I believe this castle was considered to be impregnable – until Napolean and his forces came along!!

Seen from the sun deck of the Prinses Christina photo IMG_1052_zps3d55a46f.jpg

Another wonderful, romantic castle. You see what I mean when I say I’ve forgotten which was which?

Seen from the sun deck of the Prinses Christina photo IMG_1053_zps8bcaee88.jpg

… and there’s more…

Seen from the sun deck of the Prinses Christina photo IMG_1014_zps461589a7.jpg

This stood out with its obviously freshly-restored stonework.

Seen from the sun deck of the Prinses Christina photo IMG_1025_zps23c79640.jpg

Romance galore…

Thw River Rhine photo IMG_1007_zps94122ebe.jpg

Romance aside, the Rhine is a commercial waterway as witness this barge.

Dutch night aboard the Prinses Christina photo IMG_1004_zpsbdb7ce61.jpg

Although the Prinses Christina cruises up and down the Rhine and the Moselle in Germany, it is a Dutch ship and here the waiting crew can be seen entertaining us in Dutch national costume. Incidentally, only two of the crew were actually from the Netherlands – most from an assortment of Eastern European countries and all excellent.

The ship, The Prinses Christina, taken in 2014 photo IMG_0981_zps69e02fa3.jpg




  1. pambrittain May 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    Thank you so much, Peter, for putting these on WordPress. They notified me, and without that, I might not have seen them. I sure would like to go in the first castle. I’ll bet your trip now has your muse roaring to go.

    • Peter Rogerson May 26, 2014 at 8:32 am #

      It’s odd, Pam, but I soak up places like this and then maybe years later they emerge as part of something else.

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